With the weather cooling down and offices prepping for the 4th quarter, businesses in the interior industry eagerly await UK interior expo season. With our floors featured on various client stalls every year (The White Company, Drummonds, Sir John Soane’s Museum) since 2015, suffice it to say Decorex is one of Chaunceys’ favourite design exhibitions .
This year we are happy to be supplying our floors for the third year running to our clients at Sir John Soane’s Museum.
Decorex 2018 sees them collaborating with acclaimed designer Sue Timney, to guest curate the Museums display, showcasing new and existing licensee designs which have been inspired by the collection at Sir John Soane’s Museum. Sue and the Soane Museum decided to go for Deep Fossil Finished Bristol Tectonic floors ( featured in the Sue Timney Mood Board).
With an impressive design repertoire spanning 30 years of design work, 3 different countries and a countless number of outstanding one-off interiors we were excited to sit down with the inspiring, self-confessed maximalist Sue Timney and find out where her inspiration for this year’s Sir John Soane’s Museum display at Decorex came from.
All Images ©Sue Timney Design
Where did you draw inspiration from for this year’s Sir John Soane’s Museum Decorex stand?
Soane himself of course. The idea of the collection as a design source marries well with my brand Timney Fowler and the experience of sourcing ideas and graphics from the ancient classical world.
What colours/colour palletes do you predict to be big in 2018?
I personally don’t like the idea that colours go in or out of fashion. Trends shouldn’t control the way we look at colour with our spaces. I prefer the idea that the mood and context of a space should lead us in our understanding and subsequently the use of specific colours simply highlight those aspects. Having said that the classical world of imagery has historically relied upon the use of black and white, and as this is one of the main areas of my inspiration, it is also a great personal influence. The idea of introducing strong colour into this context to highlight, contradict, inform the interior further excites me, newness mixed with the traditional excites me and I’m always in search of that stimulation within a palette.
What is your favourite book/magazine on design? How about your favourite site?
There are so many brilliant authors, design critics, bloggers and websites out there, however, they’re not always necessarily inspirational as they exist within the direct sphere of interior design itself. Away from interiors I do like design and architecture sites such as Dezeen and Architonic and love exploring interesting Twitter and Instagram output.
What do you like about working with wooden floors?
That it’s a natural material. Wood and stone flooring will always appeal as they are timeless. However, wood above many materials has a natural humanity and sensitivity that can be totally versatile. Old and new, designed spaces and traditional, minimal and maximal.
From your point of view, is design an art or a science?
Does it matter? It’s not a science that’s for sure! It’s self-expression.
Can you remember your first design project?
‘AD’ in Tokyo, Japan was a seminal moment in the lives of Timney Fowler. To be given a whole project – to design a restaurant from top to bottom, even the name, menu, uniform, tableware, all the graphics as well of course, as the interior was sensational. Overwhelming in some ways too but the beginning of a way of working that has continued and developed since that time.
What is your design signature/style?
With Timney Fowler and subsequently the Sue Timney brand I have combined postmodern with exotic neo-classicism across interiors and product.
What type of people do you love to work with as clients?
I like to work with creatives most of all. People who are able to visually communicate in other areas of the arts. People who have given us all an insight as to how they see the world such as Paul Smith, Sam Mendes, Paul McCartney and not forgetting the heritage of Sir John Soane!
Can you tell us about a particularly exciting/challenging project?
Designing the interiors for the Water Tower in Kennington. A truly unique setting, a huge Victorian restoration project that also featured on Grand Designs in 2013. It went on to be nominated for a BAFTA and brought together all the challenges of working with old and new materials in a post industrial setting in twenty-first century central London.
Does your home reflect your professional style?
It’s hard for it not to! It’s part of my portfolio and way of thinking!
If someone reading this was about to begin their own home redesign project, what would be your best advice to them?
Look at your life, your interests, your collections. What colours do you keep returning to? Start a mood board using these elements and more. Your home should be a combination of the way you want to LIVE and the way you want it to LOOK.